- First Reference: Luke 14:18
- Last Reference: 2 Corinthians 12:19
- Included in Eastons: No
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: No
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
- Included in BDB: No
EXCU'SE, verb transitive s as z. [Latin excuso; ex and causor, to blame. See Cause.]
1. To pardon; to free from the imputation of fault or blame; to acquit of guilt. We excuse a person in our own minds, when we acquit him of guilt or blame; or we excuse him by a declaration of that acquital.
2. To pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook. We excuse a fault, which admits of apology or extenuation; and we excuse irregular conduct, when extraordinary circumstances appear to justify it.
3. To free from an obligation or duty.
I pray thee have me excused. Luke 14:18.
4. To remit; not to exact; as, to excuse a forfeiture.
5. To pardon; to admit an apology for.
Excuse some courtly strains.
6. To throw off an imputation by apology.
Think you that we excuse ourselves to you? 2 Corinthians 12:19.
7. To justify; to vindicate.
Their thoughts accusing or else excusing one another. Romans 2:1.
EXCU'SE, noun A plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology. Every man has an excuse to offer for his neglect of duty; the debtor makes excuses for delay of payment.
1. The act of excusing or apologizing.
2. That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault. His inability to comply with the request must be his excuse
EXCU'SELESS, adjective Having no excuse; that for which no excuse or apology can be offered. [Little used.]
EXCU'SER, noun s as z. One who offers excuses or pleads for another.
1. One who excuses or forgives another.
Genesis 3:12-13; Exodus 4:1; Exodus 4:10-14; Exodus 32:22-24; Deuteronomy 30:11-14; Judges 6:12-17; 1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 5:10-14; Jeremiah 1:1; Jeremiah 1:4-10; Matthew 8:21; Luke 9:59-62; Luke 14:18-20; Acts 24:25; Romans 1:20; Romans 2:1